Stanger Assumes Command of United States Army’s 109th Medical Battalion
August 31, 2020
Nyemaster attorney and Army Lieutenant Colonel Kristina Stanger has assumed command of the 109th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, which was marked by formal ceremony on August 29, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa. Stanger is a shareholder in the firm and a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney based in Des Moines.
As commander of the 109th Medical Battalion, LTC Stanger leads over 300 Soldiers, including combat medics, doctors, nurses, mental health specialists and other support personnel. These professionals stand ready to serve the medical needs of the United States Army’s interests at home and abroad. The 109th Medical Battalion has a legacy of meritorious service since WWI, providing initial triage, treatment and evacuation care on the battlefield, and responding to natural disasters, the pandemic, and civil unrest.
“Kristina’s installation as an Army battalion commander places her at one of the highest echelons of command and in charge of up to eleven medical companies, including one with which she served in Iraq during law school,” said Frank Harty, Chairman of Nyemaster Goode. “Kristina is the epitome of a citizen-soldier. She is tough and virtuous. That is the recipe for successful leadership. We are pleased and proud to support her in this critical role.”
LTC Stanger enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1998 as a legal specialist. While earning her bachelor’s degree at Central College, she enrolled in and graduated from Iowa’s Officer Candidate School program in 2000 as an Honor Graduate. She commissioned as an United States Army 2nd Lieutenant Medical Service Corps Officer (70B) and completed Officer Basic Course in 2001. Her service has spanned federal combat service where she was deployed forward to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to April 2004, as well as mobilization for multiple state disasters and missions. LTC Stanger has also served as a planner for emergency operations, deployments, campaign planning and strategic planning.
As an attorney, Stanger helps clients with business reformation, loan restructuring, collateral and contract disputes, real estate litigation, workouts, asset protection and dispute resolution. She serves in leadership positions within the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and has received multiple honors over her years of practice, particularly for her legislative efforts for the American Bankruptcy Institute advocating for veterans who are in financial distress.